|Golden Gate Bridge Suicides|
In Memory of Matthew Whitmer, Missing since
1987 - 2007
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Sunset over the Golden Gate at Matthew's Candlelight Vigil
His way of saying goodbye.
knowing that he was an "adult-at-risk",
safe but confused and lost.
We learned more than anyone would ever want to know.
We learned about the history of the
the creation of the bridge district, to the building and safety features used to
protect the workers, to the beginning of the tragedy of suicide at this site,
to the advocacy of people for over 70 years to prevent these deaths,
to the callousness (or ignorance) of people who preferred a view to saving lives.
We will never comprehend why anyone would prefer a view from this bridge
to saving a person's life.
Since when is there ever an ‘acceptable’ amount of deaths in one location
before action is taken to prevent them?
They begin to think in terms of black and white in a world that is in shades of grey. It is all or nothing; the idea of compromise does not enter their thoughts.
To better appreciate what the person is dealing with, please read this article.
We were in shock at the news that Matthew had jumped – how does a parent ever prepared for that news. We discovered we were giving incorrect information about how to handle this situation. We gathered the correct information and put it all together for families like ours.
After all of this there was no doubt in my mind that no other family should have to endure the loss of a loved one from a jump off that bridge. That is why we are working with The BridgeRail Foundation to help make the barrier a reality.
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